List of Famous Bands from Japan

List of Japan bands, listed by their level of fame. This Japan musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Japan bands are included, as well as many Japan musicians of underground status. This list of Japan musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Japan bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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  • LOUDNESS
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
    • Albums: Terror, Disillusion, Thunder in the East, On the Prowl, Hurricane Eyes
    Loudness is a Japanese metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Akira Takasaki and drummer Munetaka Higuchi. They were the first Japanese heavy metal act signed to a major label in the United States, ...more
  • Boredoms
    Krautrock, Noise rock, Psychedelia
    • Albums: Vision Creation Newsun, Super æ, Super Roots 6, Onanie Bomb Meets the Sex Pistols, Super Roots
    Boredoms (ボアダムス (Boadamusu)) (later known as V∞redoms) is a rock band from Osaka, Japan. The band was officially formed in 1986. The band's output is usually referred to as noise rock or sometimes ...more
  • Hyde
    Pop music, Pop rock, Alternative rock
    • Albums: Roentgen, Faith, 666, Season's Call, Shallow Sleep
    Hideto Takarai (寶井 秀人, Takarai Hideto, born January 29, 1969 in Wakayama, Japan), known exclusively by his stage name Hyde, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. He is best ...more
  • Akira Takasaki
    Rock music, Heavy metal
    • Albums: Geneshaft Original Sound Track, Gene Shaft Ost Extended Score, Tusk of Jaguar, Nenriki, SHAFT DRIVE
    Akira Takasaki (高崎 晃, Takasaki Akira, born February 22, 1961, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist and sole constant member of the heavy ...more
  • L'Arc-en-Ciel
    Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog
    • Albums: Dune, Ark, Ray, True, Awake
    L'Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese rock band, founded in Osaka in 1991. The group has sold over 15 million records and were the first Japanese act to headline at Madison Square Garden. In 2003, they were ...more
  • Malice Mizer
    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock
    • Albums: La Collection des Singles, Beast of Blood, Merveilles, Bara No Seidou, Gardenia
    Malice Mizer was a Japanese visual kei rock band active from August 1992 to December 2001. Formed by guitarists Mana and Közi, the band's name stands for "malice and misery", extracted from "Nothing ...more